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Protecting Wind Farms

Protecting Wind Farms

PSC experts can help assess asset vulnerabilities and threats and implement solutions that improve cybersecurity while complying with all regulatory standards.

IIoT and the keys to actualizing the decentralized energy revolution – Part 2 of 3

IIoT and the keys to actualizing the decentralized energy revolution – Part 2 of 3

This series investigates the potential applications of distributed systems, as well as the role of interoperability in actualizing the decentralized energy revolution.

Australia’s unique energy regulatory context – Part 2

Australia’s unique energy regulatory context – Part 2

Peter Brown delves into the elements to consider when developing a Generator Compliance Monitoring Program in Australia.

White Paper: Considerations for IDS in an OT Environment

White Paper: Considerations for IDS in an OT Environment

Intrusion Detection Systems are gaining increased relevance to the utility industry.

PSC’s operations in Australia and New Zealand earn ISO 9001:2015 re-certification

PSC’s operations in Australia and New Zealand earn ISO 9001:2015 re-certification

By auditing our processes, we assure our clients are receiving the highest level of service.

Players change but the game remains the same

Players change but the game remains the same

The pace and timing of electric utility workforce change vary between organizations, geography and regulatory environments.

Prioritizing cybersecurity governance

Prioritizing cybersecurity governance

Governance lays the foundation for effective cybersecurity management and a unified approach to mitigating a utility’s cyber threat landscape.

Nation-State Cyber Warfare: Energy Industry in the Crosshairs

Nation-State Cyber Warfare: Energy Industry in the Crosshairs

The digitization of utilities’ OT assets has increased concerns about the security of critical infrastructure.

PSC celebrates CIGRE’s Distinguished Member award

PSC celebrates CIGRE’s Distinguished Member award

PSC is proud to announce that Principal Engineer Richard Adams has been awarded CIGRE’s “Distinguished Member” honor.

PSC adds value to expanding offshore wind sector

PSC adds value to expanding offshore wind sector

PSC is well-positioned to support the continued global growth in the development of offshore wind.

IIoT and the keys to actualizing the decentralized energy revolution  – Part 1 of 3

IIoT and the keys to actualizing the decentralized energy revolution – Part 1 of 3

This series investigates the potential applications of distributed systems, as well as the role of interoperability in actualizing the decentralized energy revolution.

Australia’s unique energy regulatory context – Part 1

Australia’s unique energy regulatory context – Part 1

Australia has a uniquely ‘long, skinny’ energy network with a high penetration of renewable generation.

Protection Engineering for the Modern Grid

Protection Engineering for the Modern Grid

As renewable generation increases, the role of protection engineering is adapting to balance integrating these new resources while maintaining reliability.

Adapting in a rapidly changing industry

Adapting in a rapidly changing industry

Alex Boyd shares highlights from his presentation, "Balancing Industry Mission with Innovation and Change” in an online seminar hosted by Washington State University’s Energy Systems Innovation ...

Which storage solution is right for you?

Which storage solution is right for you?

As storage technology continues to evolve, energy suppliers and consumers alike are presented with increasing options for deployment.

Living our values during challenging times

Living our values during challenging times

At PSC we’ve always seen ourselves as serving communities - helping our clients power the world and keep the lights on around the globe.

COVID-19: Giving new meaning to “cascading event”

COVID-19: Giving new meaning to “cascading event”

PSC and our industry at large are pitching in to make sure this pandemic doesn’t cascade from a public health crisis to an electric service emergency.

COVID-19 Message: PSC is here for our clients and communities

COVID-19 Message: PSC is here for our clients and communities

PSC is committed to continuing to deliver the kind of dependable service our clients have come to expect from us.

Technology is disappearing at DistribuTECH International, and that may be a good thing

Technology is disappearing at DistribuTECH International, and that may be a good thing

While the technology we use to plan and operate the grid “disappears,” the impact of events like DistribuTECH International as a showcase for these technologies is apparent.

Tony Weller celebrates 20 years of excellent service with PSC

Tony Weller celebrates 20 years of excellent service with PSC

PSC congratulates Tony Weller who recently achieved a significant milestone in completing 20 years of excellent service.

PSC CEO to Deliver DPSP 2020 Keynote Speech

PSC CEO to Deliver DPSP 2020 Keynote Speech

PSC is proud to support and participate in the 15th International Conference on Developments in Power System Protection.

PSC acquires power system experts from Ramboll UK broadening PSC’s reach and augmenting its capabilities

PSC acquires power system experts from Ramboll UK broadening PSC’s reach and augmenting its capabilities

Acquisition strengthens PSC’s European presence and provides its clients with additional expert resources.

PSC acquires Gridconnect, strengthening ability to help clients develop and deploy renewables

PSC acquires Gridconnect, strengthening ability to help clients develop and deploy renewables

The acquisition enables PSC to bring a more robust level of support and guidance to our clients in Europe and around the world.

Towards a common understanding of resilience

Towards a common understanding of resilience

Promising headway is being made to align on a common definition and develop actionable measures to build resilience into systems and organizations.

2019: A global snapshot

2019: A global snapshot

PSC explores some of the most noteworthy events in the electricity industry in 2019.

Regional HVDC interconnection and its impact on network performance

Regional HVDC interconnection and its impact on network performance

PSC’s engineering specialists completed system studies and analysis on a proposed HVDC link between the US and Canada.

Integration of Remote Offshore Energy with High Voltage Direct Current

Integration of Remote Offshore Energy with High Voltage Direct Current

PSC’s Stephen Butler delivered a paper at the Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA) conference in New Zealand.

HVDC: All grown up

HVDC: All grown up

PSC Principal Power Systems Engineer Perry Hofbauer, P.Eng contributes his thoughts about the resurgence of HVDC.

Naresh Kumar celebrates 10 years of excellent service with PSC

Naresh Kumar celebrates 10 years of excellent service with PSC

The PSC management team congratulates Naresh on reaching this important milestone.

PSC Scholarship winner Laura Harding is bringing a ‘big spark’ to the NZ electricity industry

PSC Scholarship winner Laura Harding is bringing a ‘big spark’ to the NZ electricity industry

We spoke with Laura about school, sailing, and the future of the NZ electricity industry.

Staff Spotlight – Dr Hooman Andami

Staff Spotlight – Dr Hooman Andami

We are very pleased to welcome Dr Hooman Andami to the PSC Europe team.

Transmission Planning with Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) as non-network Solutions

Transmission Planning with Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) as non-network Solutions

The objective of electricity transmission network expansion planning is typically to determine the most efficient grid development options to balance generation with demand.

Stability Study for Renewable Integration, North America

Stability Study for Renewable Integration, North America

PSC ran a comparative study between the client’s North American system model and jurisdictions in South Australia and Ireland experiencing similarly increased levels of renewable penetration in ...

CIGRE Canada 2019

CIGRE Canada 2019

As a Diamond Sponsor, PSC is highly involved in the CIGRE Canada Conference.

2019 PSC Scholarship awarded to Laura Harding

2019 PSC Scholarship awarded to Laura Harding

The PSC Scholarship was established in 2004 as a co-operation between PSC and the Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre).

Distribution Automation Strategy Review

Distribution Automation Strategy Review

Distribution automation scheme applications in operation around the world improve reliability, voltage performance and network operational visibility.

New Hire Spotlight – Alex Bash

New Hire Spotlight – Alex Bash

We’re super excited to welcome Alex Bash to PSC! Alex joins us as an HR Generalist for North America.

Get to know Tracy Rolstad, PSC’s newest Technical Director

Get to know Tracy Rolstad, PSC’s newest Technical Director

We are pleased to welcome Tracy Rolstad in his new role as a Technical Director with PSC!

The Future Has Arrived in New Zealand

The Future Has Arrived in New Zealand

The focus at the 2019 Electricity Engineers' Association Conference & Exhibition was on the role engineering will play in bringing this new age of electricity generation and supply to life.

Stephen Butler Celebrates 10 Years of Excellent Service with PSC

Stephen Butler Celebrates 10 Years of Excellent Service with PSC

Stephen joined PSC in 2009 as a graduate engineer after completing his engineering degree at the University of Canterbury.

PSC Supports Virtual Statcom Innovation Project

PSC Supports Virtual Statcom Innovation Project

As an increasing number of Distributed Generators (DGs) connect to distribution networks, technical constraints arise that can limit the total amount of generation a network can host.

PSC Supports Rwanda Girls Initiative

PSC Supports Rwanda Girls Initiative

PSC sponsored a 5k fun run in support of the Rwanda Girls Initiative on their mission to educate and empower girls of Rwanda to reach their highest potential.

Harmonic Analysis in a Meshed Network

Harmonic Analysis in a Meshed Network

Transmission and distribution system operators are responsible for maintaining harmonic voltage distortion within statutory limits in their own networks.

Aerial Laser Survey in New Zealand

Aerial Laser Survey in New Zealand

Transpower New Zealand has successfully completed an aerial laser survey (ALS) of 2000 km of transmission lines, with the help of PSC and Opten,

PSC Strengthens Regional Leadership

PSC Strengthens Regional Leadership

We are thrilled to announce that several new leadership positions at PSC were accepted by incumbent PSC staff in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

DistribuTECH 2019

DistribuTECH 2019

More than 12,000 attendees from utilities, energy companies, and technology vendors crammed the halls of Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana to participate in ...

John O’Hehir celebrates 10 years of excellent service with PSC

John O’Hehir celebrates 10 years of excellent service with PSC

John O’Hehir, a Director in the Operational Technology business for PSC North America, recently celebrated 10 years of excellent service with PSC.

Team PSC at the 2018 Pioneer Race

Team PSC at the 2018 Pioneer Race

Following on from success in the 2017 Pioneer 7-day mountain bike race in New Zealand, the biking duo decided to put in an entry for the 2018 Pioneer with the support of PSC.

Project Management – 5 tips for keeping your project on track

Project Management – 5 tips for keeping your project on track

Electric utilities deliver large and complex projects that deal with critical infrastructure.

5 things you’ll love about the NEW pscconsulting.com

5 things you’ll love about the NEW pscconsulting.com

Get in touch with PSC experts with the click of a button (try it!)

Spotlight on Generator Testing

Spotlight on Generator Testing

A Complete Service - combined with the Genassure Test Service, PSC provides services in Generator Testing and Modelling.

Power Systems, Powder, and Pork Pie – A Conversation with PSC 2018 Scholarship Winner Irene Anderson

Power Systems, Powder, and Pork Pie – A Conversation with PSC 2018 Scholarship Winner Irene Anderson

In August 2018, Irene Anderson of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, became the 14th winner of the PSC Scholarship.

Meet Margaret Snape, PSC’s new Business Manager to the CEO!

Meet Margaret Snape, PSC’s new Business Manager to the CEO!

Margaret Snape has joined the Kirkland office, working with CEO Alex Boyd as Business Manager.

Kent Horan celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service

Kent Horan celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service

Kent is a SCADA/Controls Engineer with many years of experience in HVDC transmission systems.

Cigré Canada – Adapting the grid to the customer of the future

Cigré Canada – Adapting the grid to the customer of the future

PSC was proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of CIGRE Canada 2018, a venue for participants to collaborate to help define the future of the electric power industry.

Territory Generation – remote operations centre (ROC) update

Territory Generation – remote operations centre (ROC) update

In March 2016 PSC was awarded the role to scope Territory Generation’s Remote Operations Centre (ROC) project in Darwin.

APEx 2018 Conference

APEx 2018 Conference

PSC’s Dr. Ranil de Silva was a speaker on the panel session – Renewables and Energy Efficiency at this year's conference.

Feiyu Lu celebrates 10 years of Excellent Service at PSC

Feiyu Lu celebrates 10 years of Excellent Service at PSC

Feiyu Lu is a Power System and EMS Engineer based in the United States.

Fast Modelling with Real-Time Simulation

Fast Modelling with Real-Time Simulation

While off-line simulation is still widely used in the industry, there is a growing recognition that very long simulation run times tend to make good engineering analysis very difficult.

Overview of new system strength requirements in Australia’s National Electricity Market

Overview of new system strength requirements in Australia’s National Electricity Market

Electricity System strength, traditionally provided by large rotating machines such as thermal and hydro generation units, helps the grid remain stable following a fault.

Simon Lister celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service with PSC

Simon Lister celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service with PSC

PSC congratulates Simon Lister who has achieved a significant milestone in completing 20 years of excellent service with PSC.

PSC opens new Christchurch Office in New Zealand

PSC opens new Christchurch Office in New Zealand

The office will house PSC’s group of electrical and operational technology engineers in Christchurch and the Genassure team.

PSC welcomes Roger Riley

PSC welcomes Roger Riley

PSC is pleased to welcome Roger Riley as General Manager, Power Networks for Australia and New Zealand.

PSC supports commissioning of world’s first VSC Bipole HVDC link

PSC supports commissioning of world’s first VSC Bipole HVDC link

HVDC’s ability to send large amounts of electricity over long distances with low electrical losses has historically made it a technology of choice for long-distance bulk power transmission.

Back to the future for Tony Armstrong

Back to the future for Tony Armstrong

Many of the PSC clients are asking what Tony is up to since the management buyout and the recent governance changes. Tony explains this as being like ‘back to the future’.

PSC welcomes Roger Bedell

PSC welcomes Roger Bedell

PSC is pleased to welcome Roger Bedell as a Senior Consultant to PSC North America based in Kirkland, Washington.

CIGRÉ 2018 – from PV Arrays to … ‘Parlez vous Français’?

CIGRÉ 2018 – from PV Arrays to … ‘Parlez vous Français’?

As a leading provider of solutions and support for the electricity industry, PSC will be represented by several key staff at CIGRÉ 2018.

PSC at the 2018 ENA Conference in Australia

PSC at the 2018 ENA Conference in Australia

PSC was pleased to be an exhibitor at the 2018 ENA Conference and had a team available to discuss the changes and transformation of the electricity industry.

DER Advice to Regulators in California and Minnesota

DER Advice to Regulators in California and Minnesota

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) including rooftop PV, batteries, and electric vehicles, are changing the way that distribution networks operate.

Keith Fisk celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service

Keith Fisk celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service

PSC congratulates Keith Fisk who achieved a significant milestone in completing 20 years of excellent service with the company.

Power System Dynamics in Distribution Systems

Power System Dynamics in Distribution Systems

Historically, in large electricity grids, generation is rarely found within the distribution system, but is rather connected remotely via a high voltage transmission network.

PSC welcomes back Stephen Butler

PSC welcomes back Stephen Butler

PSC is pleased to welcome back Stephen who has re-joined PSC in New Zealand. 

PSC welcomes back Naresh Kumar

PSC welcomes back Naresh Kumar

PSC is pleased to welcome back Naresh who has re-joined PSC in New Zealand. 

Mark Gilchrist celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service with PSC

Mark Gilchrist celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service with PSC

From China, Norway, Finland and Wales through to Zambia and the Congo, Mark has been heavily involved in the commissioning of many projects.

Idaho Power follows best practices for root cause analysis

Idaho Power follows best practices for root cause analysis

Idaho Power is an electric utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, sale and purchase of electric energy in the United States of America.

Automatic Generation Control – is it time for a tune up?

Automatic Generation Control – is it time for a tune up?

Automatic Generation Control (AGC), on an Energy Management System (EMS), is critical for responding to frequency deviations on the system network.

PSC expansion in Asia

PSC expansion in Asia

PSC is pleased to announce that Dr Keehan Chan has been appointed as the General Manager of PSC Asia and will be responsible for our business operation in the Asia region.

Martin and Kim at the Commonwealth Games in Australia

Martin and Kim at the Commonwealth Games in Australia

The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games were held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, during April 2018. PSC’s Martin Stacey and his wife Kim were both ...

Electricity Distribution Networks – PSC Focus

Electricity Distribution Networks – PSC Focus

It is obvious that the electricity industry is changing at a fast pace.

PSC welcomes Rob Fairchild

PSC welcomes Rob Fairchild

PSC North America is pleased to welcome Rob Fairchild to our team of expert consultants.

Detailed Testing, Modelling and Compliance in the Snowy River Mountains

Detailed Testing, Modelling and Compliance in the Snowy River Mountains

Snowy Hydro is a dynamic energy company supplying electricity to more than one million homes and businesses. Since the days of their pioneering past, Snowy Hydro has grown into the fourth largest

Kevin Hart celebrates 10 years of Excellent Service at PSC

Kevin Hart celebrates 10 years of Excellent Service at PSC

Kevin Hart is a SCADA Engineer in our Adelaide SCADA team for the ElectraNet SCADA support contract that includes SCADA development, database and display maintenance, systems administration, ...

PSC welcomes Sandi LiSanti

PSC welcomes Sandi LiSanti

PSC Group is pleased to announce Sandi LiSanti to the position of Chief Financial Officer. 

Connecting at DistribuTECH 2018

Connecting at DistribuTECH 2018

Utilities, power companies, and technology vendors flock to DistribuTECH for its reputation as a leading venue for showcasing the major technologies and trends in the electricity industry.

Tanya Edgar celebrates 10 years of Excellent Service with PSC

Tanya Edgar celebrates 10 years of Excellent Service with PSC

Tanya Edgar is a Software Developer and Database Administrator with extensive experience in the development and support of applications and databases used in the electricity industry.

2017 PSC Scholarship Recipient

2017 PSC Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations goes to 2017 PSC Scholarship recipient Thomas Galbraith, selected from a field of high calibre candidates with his excellent academic performance and a strong focus on practical ...

PSC welcomes Thomas Addison

PSC welcomes Thomas Addison

PSC welcomes Thomas Addison to our North American team.

PSC welcomes Shane Kerr

PSC welcomes Shane Kerr

PSC is pleased to welcome Shane Kerr as the Electrical Engineering Manager for Australia, within the Asia Pacific Power Networks team.

Edward Hall celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service with PSC

Edward Hall celebrates 20 years of Excellent Service with PSC

Edward initially joined PSC as a Project Manager & Consultant, and has had several roles including Operations Manager and IT, Quality & Safety Manager.

PSC Sponsors Electric Bicycle Competition

PSC Sponsors Electric Bicycle Competition

It has been a busy few months for a team of students at Scots College in Wellington New Zealand as they build an electric bicycle for the Evolocity electric vehicle school competition.

ISO9001 Quality Audits in PSC Australia and New Zealand

ISO9001 Quality Audits in PSC Australia and New Zealand

The audit results show PSC’s continued commitment to the improvement of its quality management system and service to PSC’s clients.

Generator Testing and Modelling in Malaysia

Generator Testing and Modelling in Malaysia

PSC and Genassure were onsite at the Murum HEP Power Station to test two of the generator units and tune one of the governors.

CIGRÉ Australia D2 Panel

CIGRÉ Australia D2 Panel

The panel meeting was chaired by Victor Tan, the Convener of the panel, and PSC’s Principal Network and Security Consultant.

Power System Stabilizer Design

Power System Stabilizer Design

Utilities need to tune new and existing Power System Stabilizers (PSS) to ensure stability of their power systems as network topologies evolve and new system stresses emerge.

Our Next Evolutionary Step

Our Next Evolutionary Step

Recently, the founders and existing shareholders of PSC completed a management and staff buyout that consolidates all of PSC’s operations as a single, global entity.

PSC and Harmonic Launch New Service Offering

PSC and Harmonic Launch New Service Offering

Recognising the rapid change affecting the electricity sector and the approaching ‘data tsunami’, PSC and Harmonic will work together to solve complex industry challenges through advanced analytics.

PSC Joins a NZ Government Delegation to the USA

PSC Joins a NZ Government Delegation to the USA

PSC Group Chairman and Co-Founder Tony Armstrong visited San Francisco as part of the New Zealand government delegation.

UK Future Power System Architecture Project

UK Future Power System Architecture Project

PSC participated in this project on a volunteer basis and was able to contribute two key points into the project.

PSC Assists Power & Water Corporation

PSC Assists Power & Water Corporation

PSC assisted Power and Water Corporation with two distribution substation projects, a new 66/22kV zone substation at Strangways and a project to build an indoor 22kV substation to replace outdoor

PSC Achieves Achilles Certification

PSC Achieves Achilles Certification

PSC have been registered in the Achilles Utilities sector which supports over 200 large buying organisations and 32,000 suppliers across 6 different communities.

HVDC Specialist Talent

HVDC Specialist Talent

We recognise that the technology is constantly evolving but with a pool of specialist talent, the PSC team has the edge.

An Emerging Leader in Market Systems Support

An Emerging Leader in Market Systems Support

PSC’s reputation for excellence has been forged by providing specialist support services to some of the largest system and/or market operators within the Asia-Pacific region and North America, as

Our Far South Adventure

Our Far South Adventure

With a keen interest in sustainability and renewable energy, Tony embarked on this voyage to enhance his knowledge of environmental issues.

Solar Car Powers up to Meet the Challenge

Solar Car Powers up to Meet the Challenge

This industry is an increasingly strategic one with current growth projections showing that, by 2050, there will be over two billion cars on the roads of the world.

PSC Explores Renewables

PSC Explores Renewables

Changing patterns of generation and energy demand are being fuelled by the emergence of new distributed energy resources and technological innovations.

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